The UWI Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards Alleyne, hold great prestige among the athletic and academic community. The 2019 Vice-Chancellor's Sports Awards ceremony was one of the highlights of the 31st biennial UWI Games, which took place in Mona, Jamaica in May 2019. As usual, approximately 500 student athletes from across all campuses met for ten days in the spirit of friendly competition. The UWI Games are the largest multisport event in the Caribbean, and feature ten disciplines: basketball, football, tennis, swimming, table tennis, track and field, volleyball, cricket, netball and six-a-side hockey.
The finalists for the Sportsman award included Kavem Hodge (Cricket) and Brandon Field (Archery) of the Cave Hill Campus; Jean-Paul Drakes (Track) of the Open Campus; Akim Fraser (Cricket) of the Mona Campus; and Amir Jangoo (Cricket) and Jordan Reynos (Hockey) of the St. Augustine Campus.
The 2019 nominations for the Sportswoman award included Vanessa Bobb (Netball) and Cadijah Mars (Football) of the Cave Hill Campus; Maya Roberts (Volleyball) of the St. Augustine Campus; and Staciann Lake (Netball) of the Open Campus.
In the end, the title of Sportsman of the Year went to Jordon Reynos at St. Augustine. He is a regular on the Trinidad and Tobago Senior Hockey Team and has represented the country in over 30 games.
Vanessa Bobb, at Cave Hill, received the title of Sportswoman of the Year. She was captain of the St. Barnabas Netball team, which competed in the sport's top division in Barbados. As captain, Bobb led her team to victory in the 2018 Barbados Netball Association's League Competition.
The criteria for the awards are not limited to sporting excellence, but include academic performance, integrity and commitment, and volunteerism and service.